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Demons hand Golden Hawks heartbreaking defeat

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Apr 09, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Demon sophomore Kristen Barber (middle) goes for the ball against Golden Hawks junior Renee Buckwalter (left) and sophomore Natalie Graber (right) yesterday at Mid-Prairie’s soccer field. Washington won the match 1 - 0 on a late goal to leave with a season-opening win.

The final scores of soccer matches don’t always give the full story of how the matches were played. Last night at Mid-Prairie High School, the Golden Hawks’ girls’ varsity soccer team hosted the Washington High School’s girls’ varsity soccer team and the result was a 1 – 0 Demon victory.
If you had watched the match, however, you would have seen a contest in which Mid-Prairie dominated time of possession. The match was the first for Washington on the season and the second for the Golden Hawks.
The top performance of the night for the Demons was turned in by Stephanie Evans. She played all 80 minutes in goal, making 19 saves. It was her outstanding effort that allowed the lone Demon goal to stand up.
“We had some trouble up-front but our girls stuck with it and we got that goal at the end. Our girls looked a lot more comfortable after the first 10 minutes. We put some unnecessary pressure on Stephanie, but you can’t argue with a win,” Washington head coach Kyle Collins said.
After the match, there was a look of heartbreak on the faces of the Mid-Prairie team as they listened to the cheers of the Demon bus pulling away.
The Golden Hawk girls got several solid shots off at the Washington net but were unable to finish. The Mid-Prairie backfield was active and able to keep most of the game’s action in the Golden Hawk offensive zone.
Late in the second half a bunch of Demons were able to crowd Mid-Prairie goalkeeper Cassidy Bontrager. Kayla Schindler of Washington got off a shot that deflected off the crossbar. The Demons’ Chayse Jaspering then corralled the ball and was able to get it past Bontrager. Washington was able to hold off Mid-Prairie for the rest of the match.
“Even though this isn’t the result we wanted, I’m proud of the hard work and persistence our girls showed. We need to work on finishing the opportunities we create, but I was proud of our controlled possession. We’ll learn from this experience and continue improving,” Mid-Prairie head coach Maya Kehr Yoder commented.
The Golden Hawks fall to 0 – 2 while the Demons start off their season 1 – 0. Mid-Prairie is scheduled to hit the road for the first time this season tomorrow at West Liberty. Washington will try to stay undefeated tomorrow at Mediapolis.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Thomas Langr | Apr 09, 2014 17:01

Congrats to the ladies on both teams.

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